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Creating Classroom Community: How?. "Reform the environment. Stop    trying to reform people. They will reform themselves if the environment is right.” ~ Buckminster Fuller. Part 3. Flow. Foundations: What is a sense of community? Why create a sense of community in schools?

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Creating Classroom Community: How?

"Reform the environment. Stop    trying to reform people. They will reform themselves if the environment is right.”

~ Buckminster Fuller

Part 3

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Flow
  • Foundations: What is a sense of community? Why create a sense of community in schools?
  • Creating Conditions Intentionality, Safe & Trusting EnvironmentBalancing Me & We, Ownership, Positivity
  • Facilitator KnowledgeSequencing and Flow of activitiesGroup DevelopmentProcessing the Experience
  • Application
protocols for ccc
Protocols for CCC
  • Assume good intentions
  • Ouch/Oops (Spinach in the teeth rule)
  • Right to Pass
  • Confidentiality
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The Best Workshop EverFacilitators
  • Active and engaging forms of presentation and multiple ways of accessing information
  • Be able to move around and do things
  • Leave early if it makes sense
  • More experiential and varied activities
  • Purposeful work outside of class
  • Help to coordinate food
  • Ideas and materials useful for the classroom/setting
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The Best Workshop EverEveryone
  • Sharing the air
  • Put ups – encouragement, acknowledgement
  • Look for the good and positive
  • Keep it light
  • Bring food
  • Positive energy
  • Make your learning needs known
  • Watching our humor – especially sarcastic humor
  • You can only volunteer yourself
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Facilitation

In teaching physical education where my goal is to have students moving as much of the class time as possible, how much time can I spend on the discussion portion, which is so valuable in creating a caring classroom? ~ Phil

How do we effectively influence and apply these principles to adult work situations? ~ Mary N.

How can I refocus my energy and move beyond the narrow vision of community building in my school? ~ Karen

I’m curious about the role of the facilitator – From leader to consultant. The satisfaction of seeing kids develop leadership and feeling empowered about their learning is the ultimate satisfaction as a teacher. How do you get a group to that point? ~ Catherine

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Skills Development/Tools

What are the problem solving strategies students can use that will help them grow academically, socially, and physically during community building activities? ~ Gerry

What activities will support, enhance, kindness in our building? ~ Honer

How do I (as a teacher) get my students to practice good participation? ~ Pam

I want to create a “tool kit” to use when creating a caring classroom. I like to use the class routine as well as add something fresh, new, and interesting. I need activities/materials that are easy to use with little prep. Most of all, I need ideas that make an impact! Activities that let students know that as a visitor I can be trusted to make the time at school worthwhile ~ Anne

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Struggling Groups

How do you build community with a very mobile, damaged, and dysfunctional class? ~ Wendy

How do I create (or start to create) community in a class of students who have many social, emotion, cognitive, and behavioral challenges? ~ Tom

How can I apply this process and these activities to a class and population that is very mobile / nebulous / consistently angry, etc…..? ~ Pat

I want to build a stronger classroom community… When to transition, especially when they are struggling? ~ Malisa

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Integrating with Content

What strategies/activities exist that allow teachers to integrate community building activities with academic lessons and standards? ~ Caroline

How do I take the ideas and activities I’ve learned here and better tie in academic content for an overall integration? ~ ???

Can I have help creating purpose boards for creating a sharing classroom? Can I have help integrating these activities into my units? ~ Joman

review
Review

FACILITATOR KNOWLEDGE

SEQUENCE AND FLOW

two perspectives on sequencing
Two Perspectives on Sequencing
  • Ice Melters
  • Deinhibitizers
  • Trust Activities
  • Problem Solving Initiatives
  • Challenges
  • Getting Acquainted
  • Learning to Trust and Support Each Other
  • Communication Skills
  • Setting Goals
  • Problem Solving and Conflict Resolution
  • Extensions
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Review

CONDITIONS FOR A SENSE OF COMMUNITY TO DEVELOP

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Intentionality

Invitational Education – a Container Framework

Making time for relationships

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Safe & Trusting Environment

Physically and Emotionally Safe Environment

Relational Trust

conditions for community to develop
Conditions for Community to Develop
  • Intentionality

Invitational Education

Time

  • Safe and Trusting EnvironmentSafe Environment

Relational Trust

  • Balancing Me and We
  • Ownership
  • Positivity
balancing me we
Balancing “Me” & “We”

Empowerment “Me”

Social Commitment “We”

me topics
“Me” Topics
  • Noticing vs. praising
  • Challenge with choice vs. right to pass
  • Competition
  • Pseudo choice
  • Other topics?
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The central message of the consumer culture in which we live is: You’re the most important thing on earth. You’re the heaviest object in the universe and everything orbits around you. And we’ve enshrined this idea as ‘human nature.’ Not remembering that most people in most places have had other things very near the center of their identity – the tribe, the community, their relationship with the natural world, or the Divine – something that gave them more of a sense of identity not obsessively rooted in themselves

Bill McKibbon (Interview aired on May 26, 2007)

ownership
OWNERSHIP

Focus (Goal Setting)

The 3 R’s: Routines, Rituals, Responsibility

the 3 r s
The 3 ‘R’s
  • RoutinesWhat are some routines you have in your classroom/school?
  • RitualsWhat are some of your family, cultural, or personal rituals? What are some of your school traditions? What is a rite of passage you have experienced?
  • ResponsibilityWhat do you in your classroom/school to engender responsibility toward self and others?
how can we set up the classroom so the students have the maximum ownership
How can we set up the classroom so the students have the maximum ownership?
  • Participation in classroom rule creation
  • Classroom jobs
  • Explicitly teach all routines and expectations (Wong)
  • Small group work
  • Independent tasks
  • Choices
positivity
Positivity

Positivity Ratio

Nurturing the Positive

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Reflections on the 10
  • Joy
  • Gratitude
  • Serenity
  • Interest
  • Hope
  • Pride
  • Amusement
  • Inspiration
  • Awe
  • Love

From: Fredrickson, B. (2009) Positivity: Groundbreaking Research Reveals How to Embrace the Hidden Strength of Positive Emotions, Overcome Negativity, and Thrive. New York, NY: Crown Archetype.

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Positivity

Individuals

Groups

  • Broadens our minds and our hearts
  • Transforms us for the better
  • Fuels Resilience
  • Asking questions and focusing outward (open to new ideas)
  • Connectivity and attunement of the team. More responsive to one another
  • Bouncing back from adversity rather than getting stuck in self-absorbed advocacy
positivity ratio the tipping point flourishing 3 to 1
Positivity RatioThe Tipping PointFlourishing = 3 to 1

“… only when positivity ratios are higher than 3 to 1 is positivity in sufficient supply to seed human flourishing.” (Fredrickson, 2009)

a place for negativity
A Place for Negativity
  • Specific negative emotions help us focus and take action (such as in resolving or transforming conflict).
  • Global and unfocused negative emotions overwhelm and poison us.
  • The difference between anger and contempt or guilt and shame
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An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.

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It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “the other is good – he is joy, peace, love hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

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The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

reflections on the 101
Reflections on the 10
  • Joy
  • Gratitude
  • Serenity
  • Interest
  • Hope
  • Pride
  • Amusement
  • Inspiration
  • Awe
  • Love

From: Fredrickson, B. (2009) Positivity: Groundbreaking Research Reveals How to Embrace the Hidden Strength of Positive Emotions, Overcome Negativity, and Thrive. New York, NY: Crown Archetype.

conditions for community to develop1
Conditions for Community to Develop
  • Intentionality

Invitational Education

Time

  • Safe and Trusting EnvironmentSafe Environment

Relational Trust

conditions for community to develop2
Conditions for Community to Develop
  • Balancing “Me” and “We”Empowerment (Me)

Social Commitment (We)

  • OwnershipFocus (goal setting)

3 R’s: Routines, Rituals, Responsibilities

  • Positivity

Nurturing the Positive

Positivity Ratio

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Facilitator Knowledge

Group Development & Dynamics

homework
Homework
  • Artifact?
  • Activity?
  • What does choice look like in your setting?
  • Positivity Ratio: http://positivityratio.com/Take the test.
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